Friday, October 2, 2009

Google Censorship is Smuff.

A terrifying reality has hit the internet: Google is finally censoring itself.

Now I hear many people saying, "that is old news man! Google has been censored in China for a while now."

Well I am not talking about censorship overseas, I am talking about censorship right here, in North America. Now, to be honest, I can't provide a first hand account of this phenomenon because I still only know about this occurring in the United States (please comment if you know about it happening in Canada), but it is still slightly disturbing to know that even Google has its own priorities, agenda setters, gatekeepers, yada yada yada...

Now, in case you haven't clicked the hyperlink above yet, the censorship that I am referring to is that of taking "The Pirate Bay" off of its search results or off its friends list...if you will.

Now, in case you aren't as much of a computer nerd as I am, The Pirate Bay is one of the Internets largest Bittorrent websites, which is a site where users host or "seed" content, be it music, video, games or software and others download or "leech" the programs and hopefully go on to help seeding the product when they have finished their download. It is the big share-story of the Internets.

Why did Google censor The Pirate Bay? Well, they recently were sued for "assisting in making copywritten content available." Check out their full trial results here.

For now, this is only smuff, they are still pretty reliable in finding most stuff, but now that Google is not afraid to censor itself, who knows what it will censor next?

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